9 Natural Fertility Tips from an ObGyn
Sep 29, 2019
So much of our fertility is out of our control. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t small things you can do in your everyday life to help cultivate your fertility. Here are some simple ways to give your fertility that little boost:
1. A healthy plant-based diet
Besides just being better for you overall health, there is some evidence that a diet of plant-based protein is better for fertility. It doesn’t mean you need to become a vegan, but consider decreasing your meat intake.
2. Avoid processed and packaged foods
These foods often have lower nutritional value and additionally may be exposing you to toxins that could negatively impact your reproduction. Take BPA for instance, BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical added to billions of plastics a year that has been shown to impact female fertility. It is present in water bottles, printed cash register receipts, and plastic storage containers for food. If you remember one thing from this article, remember this: never microwave a food product in plastic.
I teach a full lesson on avoiding toxins in skin care and food products in my Perfectly Prepared Preconception Course, it is the most comprehensive course about preparing yourself for a healthy and happy pregnancy available.
3. Buy organic
Is it more expensive? Yes. Is it worth every penny when you are trying to get pregnant? Certainly. For the reasons listed above, mainly the toxins in pesticides, you want to limit your exposure as much as possible. Buy organic fruits and vegetables and wash them well before consumption. I use Fit Organic Fruit & Vegetable Wash.
4. Take the right prenatal vitamin
While this might not increase your chances of getting pregnant, it is crucial for the fetal development that occurs before you even know that you are pregnant. For help picking the perfect prenatal check out my Preparing for Pregnancy Workbook.
5. Don't use lubricants that harm sperm
It’s true! Many lubricants actually damage sperm. But don’t stress there are sperm-friendly lubricants. Choose these instead: mineral oil, canola oil, or Pre-Seed.
6. Don't Smoke
You want your weight for height to be in the ideal range. Being underweight and overweight are both associated with fertility issues.
8. Limit caffeine intake to 200-300 mg/day
A standard, small cup of coffee has about 95 mg of caffeine.
9. Limit alcohol intake
In both men and women, increased alcohol intake has been associated with lower birth rates in couples going through IVF. While we don’t have a specific cut-off or limit for alcoholic beverages, a good rule to follow is no more than 2 drinks at a time a few times a week.
There is so much you can do to prepare yourself for pregnancy! I have a Free Preparing for Pregnancy Masterclass specifically designed for moms who are considering their second child but are worried about navigating a pregnancy with a toddler in tow, and for those who are either considering or trying to get pregnant for the first time (and want to maximize the chances of a healthy pregnancy).
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Hornstein, Mark D, et al. “Optimizing Natural Fertility in Couples Planning Pregnancy.” UpToDate,www.uptodate.com/contents/optimizing-natural-fertility-in-couples-planning-pregnancy.
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